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Koningsdam Cruise Review to Transatlantic

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Overall rating:

4 out of 5
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Koningsdam

16 Night Passage To America (Rome To Ft. Lauderdale)

Sail date: October 24, 2016

Ship: Koningsdam

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 7044

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 5 years ago

Review summary

As always on Holland America, the food and service were outstanding.  The ship just launched in April 2016, and is large by HAL standards (about 2600 people).  They also are trying some new design features, some good (lots of verandah staterooms, much improved evening entertainment options) and some not (the Promenade deck is very narrow in places and not at all inviting for fitness walking, no guest laundry facilities).  The itinerary was good, although 6 ports in 7 days was a bit intense.  If you are accustomed to the mega-ships of other cruise lines, this will seem small.  It was too many people for us so we will stick with HAL's smaller ships from now on.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5

Entertainment

5 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

3 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Very nice cabin, good size, lots of storage, nicely designed bathroom except for the oddly angled toilet. Loved the verandah except for the chain smokers next door, so there were many times when I had to go inside because of the smoke. We've been told that smoking on the verandas will be banned as of 1-1-17, which is a very good thing. The service provided by the cabin stewards was exceptional.

Ship tip

Loved the food at Dive In and New York Deli & Pizza, although the wait times at the latter were pretty long. Both of these were a nice break from the insanity of the Lido Market. Breakfast in the dining room was also a treat.

Ports of call

Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy

5 out of 5

Palma De Mallorca, Balearic Islands

3 out of 5

Barcelona, Spain

5 out of 5

Alicante, Spain

5 out of 5

Malaga, Spain

3 out of 5

Cadiz (Seville), Spain

5 out of 5

Funchal, Madeira

3 out of 5

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida

3 out of 5
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